Thursday, 7 November 2013

Boome Scores A Hat-Trick Of Decades At Fire Service

A football-loving fire commander has been recognised for 30 years' service at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Station Commander Martin Boome, of Thorney, was presented his 30-year award with colleagues from the Service's Community Prevention group, of which he is part of in his current role as arson liaison officer.

The 57-year-old's firefighting career started after he moved to Thorney in 1979 and joined the village's on-call station, at which he served for 18 years. Within weeks of starting, he said he knew the fire service "was the job for me".

Martin said: "I've worked with numerous people throughout my 30 years as a firefighter and in-charge, and whatever job we have been sent to I have always admired the professionalism and efforts of our firefighters.

"It's a unique job and when the bells go down or sonics go off, someone needs our help whether it is a fire, road traffic collision, or someone with a finger stuck in a leaking waterbed - yes, that has happened to me.

"Whatever situation we are sent to, we are known as a 'Can Do' organisation."

Some of the largest incidents he has attended include fires at RAF Brampton, Tee-Kee Packaging in Peterborough and the Fengate explosion in 1989.

Martin currently works as the arson liaison officer, spending a majority of his time based at the Peterborough fire stations, and is also one of the Service's fully trained fire investigators.

As a keen footballer in previous years, one of Martin's highlights of working for the fire service included representing the Service in the brigade football club. Another of Martin's fondest memories also includes organising visits to the children¿s ward at Peterborough Hospital on Christmas morning to give presents to the children.

He also told of how the fire service has been a huge part of his family's life. "In total I spent 18 years as retained firefighter at Thorney and most on-call firefighters know the commitment that is required; just as you are about to start Christmas dinner or light the barbecue the alerter goes off, and off you go.

"Both of my then young children Kelly and Andrew have always had the fire service in the background whilst growing up, whether it was attending the parties held on station or choosing their fancy dress as firefighters.

"I have been married for 36 years to my wife Sue and on occasions the alerter going off has saved me from starting the decorating or weeding the garden. So, unofficially, there are times when it's a saviour!"

Martin has served as a firefighter in Huntingdon and Dogsthorpe, before spending time at the Service's training centre. Martin climbed the ranks to station commander, managing Ely, Wisbech and the Peterborough stations, as well as also spending time in the role of community risk manager in Fenland.

Ever since establishing the Arson Investigation Unit with Safer Peterborough Partnership in 2009, Martin has been the Service's arson liaison officer, working with a range of partners and organisations to drive down deliberate fires in the county.